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Farming

Plant up and running

Alliance group The Alliance Group has finished commissioning its $25 million rendering plant.

Mystery silo

silo A Taranaki family is keen to find out more about a silage silo built on their farm in 1931.

Big plans for farm

Hereford beef cattle The new owners of Taranaki's landmark Onetai Station want to realise its potential as a beef and sheep farm.

More feed than cows to eat it

Cows eat Kale. Exceptional autumn growing conditions in Canterbury means there is "more feed than cows to eat it at the moment".

Fodder beet a likely option

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Fodder beet Fodder beet could significantly boost beef returns and provide a profitable alternative to dairy grazing.

Opinion poll

Do you think New Zealand should open the door to genetic modification in agriculture?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: GM in NZ on farming leaders' agenda

Barns could be the answer

Dairy herd home A move to partly dairy farming indoors seen as a way towards doubling exports by 2025 and maintaining or improving our water quality.

Over-population central to debate

Let's try and look at a few issues around climate change. When you really get down to it, it's about population.

Wider focus key for meat industry

No clarity in call

Cheaper milk on the way

GlobalDairyTrade Milk, butter and cheese could soon be cheaper at the supermarket, but shoppers shouldn't expect big price drops.

Dairying alters culture

Bevan Hurst is an anti-dairy stalwart but the long-time farmer can see why others, including his son, have been keen to convert to dairying.

Dairy price trending down

Now the pitch for $5000

More feed than cows to eat it

Exceptional autumn growing conditions in Canterbury means there is "more feed than cows to eat it at the moment".

Fodder beet a likely option

Fodder beet Fodder beet could significantly boost beef returns and provide a profitable alternative to dairy grazing.

Brand wins, environment wins

Taupo couple win environmental farming award in combining a desire for sustainable land use with a successful business model.

Brooksdale calves top sales

Dam halts farmer's plans

Big plans for farm

The new owners of Taranaki's landmark Onetai Station want to realise its potential as a beef and sheep farm.

Growing market for D2S wool sales

wool bales Wool growers have rallied behind Wools of New Zealand ‘s Direct-to-Scour spot market sales option.

Good standard of wool for sale

A large offering of lambs wool and autumn shorn wool attracted good competition at the Christchurch wool sale.

Eyes on the dog trialling prize

Sheep + goat = geep

Clinton lambs rate well

A Clinton sheep farming family are producing some of the best lambs in the country.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

Pierre Casenave A French winemaker from famous Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is working his magic at a Marlborough winery.

Rain frustrates wine industry

Rain continues to cause stress for Marlborough's wine industry, but it's not only growers and wineries feeling the pain.

Winemaking magic

Fungicide resistance shock

T&G buys Apollo Apples for $36m

Horticulture marketer and distributor buys Hawke's Bay apple producer to feed growing export markets.

Plant up and running

Alliance group The Alliance Group has finished commissioning its $25 million rendering plant.

Gangs arrive but no police

Residents of small town with no cop worry as gang members arrive for vineyard work.

Seafood farms unscathed

Grape spills a hazard

Mystery silo

A Taranaki family is keen to find out more about a silage silo built on their farm in 1931.

Understanding feed crucial

Cow An expert says farmers could achieve milk solids that are 100 per cent of liveweight.

Grazing contract talk vital

Waikato farmers grazing heifers for dairy farmers urged to keep clients informed of the condition of their stock in the wake of the current drought conditions.

Zeroing in on weather information

Gate swings both ways

Farmers urged to discuss suicide

Suicide is more prevalent in farming communities than the city, and people need to talk about it, Southland Federated Farmers president says.

Swing set becomes feeder

Wessel Eksteen and his feeder invention. If Wessel Eksteen's feeder invention looks vaguely familiar, just think about children-sized swings.

Farmers ready to spend

Buoyancy and confidence have brought more farmers to the Central Districts Field Days in Feilding.

Feeding the rural news appetite

Bargains for all

Robotic milking interest growing

New Zealand dairy farming is catching onto the worldwide trend of robotic milking.